A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows the public opinion.— Chinese Proverbs
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A wise man speaks because he has something to say; a fool because he has to say something.
No responsibility of government is more fundamental than the responsibility of maintaining the highest standard of ethical behavior for those who conduct the public business.
When I was 17, my father was so stupid, I didn't want to be seen with him in public. When I was 24, I was amazed at how much the old man had learned in just 7 years.
To admonish your brother in private is to advise him and improve him.
But to admonish him publicly is to disgrace and shame him.
I'm here to impress only one man. He don't live here with us. He's on top. So that's all I'm concerned about. My work is not for the public or for man to view or make judgment on me, I work for one person.
We live in a society of an imposed forgetfulness, a society that depends on public amnesia.
Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage.
Call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically, that was really, really critical for the thing to pass.
Streets and their sidewalks-the main public places of a city-are its most vital organs.
An honest public servant can't become rich in politics.
He can only attain greatness and satisfaction by service.
Public opinion is no more than this: what people think that other people think.
There is a certain class of race problem-solvers who don't want the patient to get well, because as long as the disease holds out they have not only an easy means of making a living, but also an easy medium through which to make themselves prominent before the public.
We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.
I'll tell you what the public likes more than anything, it's the most rare commodity in the world - honesty.
Do all the good you can and make as little fuss about it as possible.
Shortly, the public will be unable to reason or think for themselves.
They'll only be able to parrot the information they've been given on the previous night's news.
A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows the public opinion.
Don't keep forever on the public road, going only where others have gone and following one after the other like a flock of sheep. Leave the beaten track occasionally and dive into the woods.
The national budget must be balanced.
The public debt must be reduced; the arrogance of the authorities must be moderated and controlled. Payments to foreign governments must be reduced. If the nation doesn't want to go bankrupt, people must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance.
The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money.
A good speech should be like a woman's skirt: long enough to cover the subject and short enough to create interest
Dogs are animals that poop in public and you're supposed to pick it up.
After a week of doing this, you've got to ask yourself, "Who's the real master in this relationship?"
If the citizens neglect their duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted . . . . If a republican government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it must be because the citizens neglect the Divine commands, and elect bad men to make and administer the laws.
If you do good in secret, Allah will shower His good on you in public.
All human beings have three lives: public, private, and secret.
Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.
The prosperity of a country depends, not on the abundance of its revenues, nor on the strength of its fortifications, nor on the beauty of its public buildings; but it consists in the number of its cultivated citizens, in its men of education, enlightenment and character.
Male and female citizens, being equal in the eyes of the law, must be equally admitted to all honors, positions, and public employment according to their capacity and without other distinctions besides those of their virtues and talents.
When misguided public opinion honors what is despicable and despises what is honorable, punishes virtue and rewards vice, encourages what is harmful and discourages what is useful, applauds falsehood and smothers truth under indifference or insult, a nation turns its back on progress and can be restored only by the terrible lessons of catastrophe.
As touching nature I am a worm of this earth, and yet a subject of this commonwealth; but as touching the office wherein it has pleased God to place me, I am a watchman... For that reason I am bound in conscience to blow the trumpet publicly.
Lowly, unpurposeful and random as they may appear, sidewalk contacts are the small change from which a city's wealth of public life may grow.
Democracy is just a filler for textbooks! Do you actually believe that public opinion influences the government?
The job of the designer is to make things understandable, usable, accessible, enjoyable... important to a public, that involves the public.
If you don't encourage healthy sexual expression in public, you get unhealthy sexual expression in private. If you attempt to suppress sex in books, magazines, movies and even everyday conversation, you aren't helping to make sex more private, just more hidden. You're keeping sex in the dark. What we've tried to do is turn on the lights.
Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.